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REFLECTIONS FOR EACH DAY IN TEE YEAR:
PRACTICAL INFERENCES FROM CHRISTIAN DOCTRINES,
ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY, SACRED BIOGRAPHY, &c.
FOR THE USE OF ALL CLASSES, AND FITTED TO THE VARIOUS
CIRCUMSTANCES OF LIFE.
BY CHARLES BROOKS,
MINISTER OF THE THIRD CHURCH IN HINGHAM, MASS.
What doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to do justly, and to love
mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
COPY RIGHT SECURED.
N. S. SIMPKINS, & CO.
BY the solicitation of friends I began the following work, which I offer to the public as an accompaniament to my “Family Prayer-Book.” My aim, in every page, has been usefulness. I have wandered over the extensive field of theology to gather what might aid the advancement of christian knowledge ; and have accordingly selected topicks which have a permanent practical utility. If, by the blessing of Heaven, these pages shall communicate christian truth clearly and seriously to the enquiring mind ; if they multiply the motives to devotion, and strengthen the bonds of charity, my anxious prayer will be answered. The work is intended to follow as a practical inference from the various able religious controversies of the day. It is accordingly devoted to sentiment rather than discussion, and designs to convey heat rather than light.—There are many who will read religious books, if the subjects are presented in an attractive, condensed, and practical form. In the leisure hours of Sunday, and during the short intervals of business, they want what will immediately and pointedly suggest trains of pious thought, or furnish subjects for family conversation. By such persons, these pages, if read with candour, may, I trust, be read with profit—Confining each topick to a particular day, was intended only as a numerical division.—In my endesvour to make clear statements of the prominent truths of christianity, and their practical bearings, it was difficult not to avail myself of the labours of others. This I have done when I could find expositions of important points sufficiently condensed. Sometimes I have gathered into a single page the leading thoughts which were scattered through an extended treatise or popular sermon, retaining the enthusiasm as far as I was able in such an epitome. By thus compounding and remodelling, I have endeavoured to collect the most valuable and impressive views, and have reset some forgotten gems.—I have received very little assistance, which makes that little of double value ; and for which I tender my friends my most sincere thanks.
I now give this volume, as a daily monitor, to parents and children, to masters and servants, to the man of business and to the christian philanthropist, with the sincere desire, that it may promote love to God and charity to man.
HINGHAM, APRIL 25, 1828.